Saturday's racing didn't start quite like we had hoped, the storms that rolled through on Thursday took out some of the Compulink timing system components. After a couple hours of hard work by track owner Elmer Wachter and staff we were back in business. We started with the Junior Dragsters and again like last week Charlotte Mallow reached the finals against the very tough Madeline Culbert. The lights were close, Madeline .022 and Charlotte .039, both were .03 off the dials, Madeline getting the win.Logan Simpkins took third place. Jumping over to Street Eliminator, long time racer Bruce Suders beat the barely red lighting Kal Kline in final. Andy Dolan took third spot. Now to Pro. In the final, both Jody Sneckenberger and Mark Harbaugh dialed identical 10.02s. Both ended up running 10.05 with Jody taking the starting line advantage, .020 to a .045. for the win. Kevin Moore was third. This week the Bikes showed up with fourteen riders making round one. In the semis, John Eaton won over Brian Canoles while Kermit Garnett III got by Kevin Hamilton. In the final it was John Eaton with .002 light forcing Kermit to break out by .04. Super Pro was full of excellent races. Ronnie Horwath won out over red lighting Mark Decker's dragster in the final, semi racers were Mark Gray and Mitch Willingham. Ronnie Horwath's lights for the five rounds TOTALED .044. The lights were in this order, .007 .007 .015 .011 .004, this averages to just under a .009 lightt. The car works well to and is very predictable. Lastly in Trophy Ginger Deavers won in her S-10 Chevy truck.
On Sunday we ran our Junior Dragster Challenge with two racers to receive a "Wally". In the eight to eleven year old group Christopher Burch won out over Lacey Dustin and Thomas Oates beat Dylan Moore in the semis.In the finals Thomas went .009 at the start and ran a 8.96 on the 8.93 dial, Christopher was .012 at the tree but broke out by .006, this was a well run race by both drivers! The older driver bracket, twelve to eighteen year olds Tristan Simpkins won over red lighting Noah Lind. Chesney Gosnell took third. We also ran a test & tune event in the afternoon, the rain showers finally arrived right at the end of the day.
This coming Saturday, June 22nd we will run our second Street Nite race featuring the Quick 16 class, On Sunday June 23rd we again run a test & tune with the Index classes, 8.50, 9.50, 10.50 and 11.50 index breaks. See you at Mason Dixon!
P.S. The Scoreboard rumor is TRUE due to be shipped to MD the 2nd Week of July, Plans to install Prior to Jr Dragster Division One Championship Race
Let's start with Saturday's SBRA 1/8 mile drag racing action. There were seventy six excellent Footbrake cars, thirty Super cars, Bikes, Junior Dragsters and the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series racers on the grounds. What stood out in this race is that nearly half the racers ran an identical e.t in their two time runs and most everyone else was only .01 from run to run. How did so many drivers accomplish this feat? Hers's my answer. First -- the car better be right, the tires need to be very good, worn tread and abused sidewalls won't cut it. The suspension / traction set up has to work well. The tune-up has to be spot on. Second -- the driver has to do the same burn out each time, line up right in the groove at the starting line, stage the same and hit the shift points right on each run, anything done differently will cause the e.t. to vary . Third and last is track prep. Our staff arrives early and most track prep has been performed before most racers arrive. Knowing the correct use of the track equipment and traction compound use must be right on for each event. By the way, both time runs were done between 5 PM and 7 PM, corrected altitude changed very little during that time. Now the racing, In Super Pro it took six rounds of racing, in the semis Michael Shoop went barely red, -.003 against Joey Harrison driving his wife Brittany's Mustang with 6.22 to Michaels 6.43. In the final 2012 track champ Ronnie Horwath ran a dead on 5.87 with an .028 light against Joe Harrison's dead on 6.24 with a slightly better .021 light. Margin of victory was .008, a real close well run drag race. The huge Footbrake class saw Ed Talbert running his daughter Nicole in the semis and barely winning when Nicole broke out be .002. In other semi, Ryan Mayne drove his Malibu wagon over Dahrl Clark with a killer .002 light and a .01 over 6.73 run. In the final, veteran Ed Talbert won as Ryan Mayne barely went red with a -.003 light. In Bike, talk about a heartbreaker, in the final John Eaton left first with .010 light while Canoles was .035 green. John broke out by .001 with 5.519 on the 5.52 dial. That was close! Dave Clinedinst was the semi finalist. Though a small Bike field, all but one ran in the fives. A real fast field! Once again, the girls rule in Junior Dragsters. The semis had Jo Jo Mallow over red lighting Kaylee Henry and Charlotte Mallow over Samantha "Sammy" Miller. Charlotte cut a great.018 light over Jo Jo's close red light effort in the final. The OPDS Pontiacs didn't have a big field as Steve Dress and Troy Tribby had issues with cars and left them at home. Hopefully a bigger event on their next event with us. Also of note, how about Andy Dolan, running two classes ran back to back perfect .000 lights then nearly ran a third one when he went .002. He also had a .004 light earlier in the day. The man can drive!
On Sunday, we ran a test and tune, many real nice race cars and street cars got to make laps down the track today, in the 11.50 Index Class had Richie Burns over Mark Myers 11.83 to 11.84, Richie with the better light. The 10.50 Index Class had Chuck Wishard in his gorgeous '69 Camaro winning over Pat Gordon's Mustang. Pat lost when he went barely red with a -002 foul start. Several othe drivers made license runs, of note, Bruce Coombs had his IROC Camaro running effortless low nine second passes. Top Sportman driver Ray Thurston ran his Max Naylor / George Cramer prepped 2005 Avenger run a short 330 ft run leaving with a 1.06 sixty foot blast.
Don't forget, next Saturday June 15th, Summit ET Series event, Juniors start at 3:30 PM, big cars at 5:00 PM, Sunday June 16th, Junior Dragster Challenge, a test & tune and an 1/8 mile gamblers race, $30.00 entry, starts noon goes til 5:00 PM. See you at Mason Dixon!
Let's talk about our just completed American Motorcycle Racing Association [AMRA] event. First off a big thanks to the promoters Marty and Jayne VandenHeuvel for bringing their event to Mason Dixon Dragway. This was a two day event with Saturday being the qualifying day with all fourteen classes making three runs. The feature class, Pro Fuel had N.C. rider Dale Nilles with the number one spot running a 7.55 at 169 mph. Nine bikes ran for the eight bike field. We had minimal down time considering everyone made three passes and about 175 bikes overall participated. And it was plenty hot, temps hit 90 degrees with high humidity.
Day two brought on some challenges, a fairly high likelyhood of showers / storms were predicted and we wanted to get the race in or at least go to the later rounds. We had some sprinkles around early and once they stopped we went right to eliminations at 11:30 am. Starting with Pro Fuel, low qualifyer Dale Nilles ran a 7.55 at 168 mph to take out Billy Jackson's 8.22 at 162 mph. Kenneth Little Jr. and Walter Halonski were the semi racers. Other class winners were Jeff Workman in Modified, Brian Macallister in V-Mod, Nick Contas Jr. in Outlaw Street, David Dennick in Dresser and Ron Willis in Top Eliminator. Some classes weren't completed as the rains and lightning rolled in about 3:30 pm. the Eliminator class, Street, Pro, Super Pro and Super Gas had four or less bikes in each that didn't get to finish. This was an overall good event as the riders and track staff did their best to run this race safely and quickly, had we had another half hour we'd finished. Again, a big thanks to all the racers, sponsors, track staff and the AMRA for making this race a good one!
This Saturday, June 8th we are running a SBRA 1/8 mile points race and on Sunday June 9th we are running an index class race [ 8.50, 9.50, 10.50 and 11.50 ] and test and tune open to all! See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
First off a big thanks to all who participated in our Memorial Day weekend of racing at Mason Dixon. Also a big thank you to all the genorous racers, race fans, sponsors, track staff and to the Wachter family for all the money raised to help Parker Scott Stephens. His parents Megan Daymude and Mark Stephens sadly died from injures in a May 4th traffic accident. Parker is part of our racing family and we will keep helping him along now and in the future. Again a big thank you!
Day three was also a good one as kicked off the day with the Junior Dragsters, Kaylee Henry was the big winner while Chesney Gosnell was the runnerup driver. Again we had twenty eight cars show for round one.
We had a nice turn out in both High School and Trophy today. Good driving was evident in both classes, several of the trophy cars ran 10's.
Moving over to Street, Jason Deavers was the big winner, his .33 light was enough to drive aroud Dave Toms' .042. Dale Fridley's twenty second AMC wagon took third.
Pro class was a good one, Brian Lind ran a dead on 10.03 with a zero and an .041 light to beat the breaking out Mark Harbaugh. His run dialed at 10.00 but ran a 9.98. Rocky Moore took third.
The bike guys had a big field and finally in the finals Dale Hamilton won over Tom Eaton, Dale's light was an .024 and one over the dial of 10.27. Brian Canoles took third. Seven of the sixteen bikes ran in the eights, that's some fast bikes.
Super racers Michael Shoop and Mark Bender opted to split the money and not run the final as sprinkles just started before the cars were to run. Rusty Blackford Jr. driving a loaner from Jerry Shewbridge made the semis as did Jerry Williams in his great looking Dragster.
Don't forget the Harley race this weekend, on Friday night a test & tune open to all cars and bikes with Saturday time runs and qualifying for the Harleys and the eliminations will run on Sunday. See you this weekend!
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More cars and more race fans showed for day two of our Memorial Day event. Over eighty cars alone entered Pro and all the other classes had more entrants than Saturday, the racing was excellent also. Starting with the Junior Dragsters it was Charlotte Mallow over Meagan Culbert in the finals, twenty eight cars entered round one.
In Street Rick Shindel had an .015 light in final to beat the red lighting Rick Wenger. Jim Berry was third.
The Pro final pitted Dahrl Clark against Reading, Pa driver Marty Fleagal Jr. Both drivers were two off their dials, Dahrl's light was .025 while Marty went .028, Dahrl winning with .005 margin of victory, a very close and well run drag race. Andy Dolan took third place.
The Bike class was big today also. George Stanley was .018 at the start and won out over the very fast Kermit Garnett. Great job George!
In Super Rick Holden's seven second Prowler took out the SBRA champ Mark Decker's dragster who went red at the start.
We will be racing tomorrow, Memorial Day Monday, Juniors at 9:30 AM and big cars start at noon. We also are running the High School class. Another big thanks to our racers and race fans and all of our track staff members and sponsors for making day two a sucsess. See you at the track!
Day one of our three day Memorial Day race is in the books. First off a big thanks to all that participated today. Though real windy it did finally warm up a bit as the day progressed but the racing was red hot from start to finish. The Junior Dragsters kicked it off with twenty four cars making round one. In the semis Eric Swiger won out over Danielle Manilli in a close one and then in the final Eric ran right on his 7.90 dial to beat Charlotte Mallow who went .02 under her 7.90 dial.
Next in Street, Dave Toms ran dead on his dial while runnerup Andy Dolan broke out by .03, Kal Kline took third spot.
The Pro class was loaded with sixty excellent racers but at the end Ronnie Proctor Jr, who was sharp all day took out a breaking out Dahrl Clark. The lights were close .024 for Ronnie and .022 for Dahrl. Ronnie was good .02, Dahrl out by .008, a close well run race. Robert Pare took third.
The Bikes were also racing well, Boyd Mathias cut an .012 light against Brian Canoles who went barely red with an -.004 light. Joe Stanley was third.
The trophy class was won by Clifford Williams in his very nice 65 Nova.
Now for the Super Pro class. Bobby Spielman lined his Thunderbird up against Marcus Henry in his dragster. Bobby left with a perfect .000 light and ran a 9.01 on the 9 flat dial, Marcus left with an .025 light and broke out by a mere .005 of his 7.92 dial. Great race! Bobby earlier had a perfect light and was .003 over his 9.00 dial back in round one. I can't recall any driver with two perfect lights on the same day, that's some driving! Dennis Hammond and Michael Shoop made the semi finals.
We will be back tomorrow morning [Sunday] at 9:30 am with the juniors, then the big cars go at noon! Don't forget tech will open early, let's get teched and ready to race as early as possible, see you tomorrow!!
The 2013 Mopar Event at Mason Dixon Dragway is in the books. Even though the weather forecast was threatening for both days we completed the event with just a mere half hour rain delay just before round one of competition was to start on Sunday. Let's start with Saturdays activities. We ran our usual test and tune event plus the Slant Six Mopar race and the East Coast Impala Racers event. Thirteen cars in the Slant Six class made it to the lanes for round one. In the semis Ron Henby beat Micah Covalt and Brian Mimkin got by the breaking out Ryan Covalt who broke out by .01. In the finals Ron Henby's excellent early Dart ran a safe 12.36 to Brian Mimkin breakout 15.46 on the 15.50 dial. Sadly Will Burns turbo assisted Barracuda pushed out a head gasket and wasn't able to compete, this car is plenty powerful and appears to be capable of low ten second or quicker ETs once sorted out. Of note five Covalt family members participated this weekend! The ECIR group had eleven entries, these 4,200 lbs cars were plenty fast, several ran in the twelves with one car touching the high eleven second zone. In the end Bill DeBlasio won over Jason with a 12.61 over the breaking out 14.50 run.
Now to Sunday. No rain! Vendors set up early and the show cars were on the grounds early also. At noon we got time runs under way and just before round one we had a small shower, the drying process only took about a half hour and were ready to race. This was day two for the Slant Six cars, in the semis it was Lou Madsen over Romeo Furio who broke out and Denny Covalt over wife Wendy Covalt. In the finals Lou Madsen won over Denny Covalt who went red. Good job Slant Six racers, we'll have them back later in the season. Trophy was won by Amy Taylor in a late model Challenger over Leon Whitacre, Street had one of our regulars, Steve McCulley driving an AMC Spirit over Randall McNamee in his fastback 'Cuda. The lights were nearly identical but Steve was right on his 14.41 dial while Randall was five off his 11.29 with an 11.34. Pro was the biggest class and a pair of full size '65 Mopars were in the final. Larry Wachter in his Dodge beat David Wachter's Plymouth who had the better light but broke out by .008. Finally in Super Michael Bauman ran 7.69 on his 7.68 dial while Kevin Moore's 'Cuda ran a 9.00 but went red by -.007. Michael's winning light was .007, the big block Mopar dragster ran 1.08 sixty foot on every run, this car works!
A big thanks to all that participated -- race fans, show car entrants, vendors, racers and track staff, we hope everyone had a fun weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
We'll be back for all three days of the Memorial Day weekend, Sat. Sun. and Mon. Also keep in mind the AMRA bike event, all Harleys, Sat. And Sun June 1st and 2nd! See you next week!
Sadly Saturday May 11th racing program was rained out. Showers hit early and we cancelled out early in the day. Sunday, Mothers Day May 12th the weather was much better. The Junior Dragsters kicked off the racing action with Lacy Dustin and Samantha Miller in the final, the lights were close with "Sammy" running closer to the dial to take the win. In the semis Samantha Miller beat Seth Reed with a perfect .000 light and Lacy Dustin won over last weeks winner Brandi Connor.
In SBRA footbrake class we had an excellent turn out. In round five, David Toms earned the bye. Jeff Meleo ran dead on over Jeff Heilman at 6.75. Gary Kelican beat a red lighting Jim Moran. Round six had Jeff Meleo beat a red lighting David Toms. Gary Kelican sat out his bye. Finally in the finals Jeff Meleo again ran the 6.75 dial while Gary Kelican drove around but broke out with a 6.31 on the 6.33 dial. How about eleven double O lights in footbrake alone, great driving job by many today in footbrake action.
Moving to Super Pro Al Crawford went .009 on the tree and a dead on 6.240 to beat Mike Shoop who cut an .013 light but broke out by two with a 6.319 on his 6.33 dial. The dragsters of Jerry Williams and Marcus Henry were the other semi racers, this one ended on the line with Jerry Williams going -.007 red against Marcus Henry who was .011 at the tree and one over his 5.02 dial. In the final both lights were excellent, Marcus Henry was .011 and Al Crawford was .004. Marcus ran closer to his dial to take the win. Barely .01 was margin of victory at the stripe. Of note, Al Crawford had a .008 and .009 package in round four and five, super driving by Al.
In Bike eliminator, Brian Canoles ran a on the dial 5.33 against Boyd Mathias and his breakout 5.55 on his 5.56 dial. Rick Tharp won over John Eaton with a slightly better light. In the final Brian Canoles again ran his 5.33 dial with an .036 light, Rick Tharp had a great .013 light but ran out by .09.
We also had a number of time run cars making many laps. Next weekend the Mopars invade Mason Dixon, test tune and vendor set up on Sat. May 18th and the race, car show and vendor displays are on Sunday May 19th. See you this weekend!.
On Saturday, May 4th we had a test and tune day, good weather greeted the racers and the turn out was pretty good. Sunday, May 5th the weather started a bit cool and breezy but as the day progressed it got much nicer with sunny skies and temps in the mid sixties. We ran test and tune cars with several of the Pro Stick cars making runs getting ready for next Saturday's Pro Stick race. Make sure to be with us next Saturday, along the Pro Stick race we will also run a Summit ET Race with all classes being contested. Junior Dragsters start at 9:30 AM then the big cars go at noon. The Outlaw Pontiac racers were with us and fifteen cars made the first round. The feature part of the day was an 1/8 mile footbrake $2,000 to win race. After six rounds it was Troy Gehrart in his Mustang and Roger Lewis in his '65 Chevy Nova in the final. Troy won out with a 6.51 at 105 mph and an .026 light. Both drivers were sharp all day, Troy's car ran the number everytime he needed to, congrats to both drivers.
Next weeked, Summit ET series race with Pro Stick cars on Saturday, May 11th and a SBRA 1/8 points race on Sunday May 12th. We hope see you this coming weekend!
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This past Saturday April 27th we started the day with a private track rental in the morning for the Northern Virginia Mustang and Corvette club members. Over forty cars participated, most all were fast everyone got to run many passes down the quarter mile. At noon we started our time runs and qualifying runs for our first SBRA points event of the 2013 race season. The SBRA races are run on the 1/8 mile format and the racing from round one to the finals were nearly all very close races, many separated by less than a foot at the stripe. Many of the drivers ran both time runs with identical or .01 difference E.T.s, if you didn't run your number you were probably going to be beaten. In Super Pro division last years track champ Ronnie Horwath narrowly beat Mike Daymude in the final. Ronnie dialed a 5.83 and ran a 5.836 with an .024 light, Mike dialed his Dodge Demon at 5.40 and ran a 5.416 with a better .017 light, margin of victory was .003, about 8 inches, great race! Mark Decker, last years SBRA Super Pro champ was third. Moving over to Footbrake, Brad Doss in his street legal 64 Dodge Dart defeated an early leaving Scott Vaughn who went barely red, -.005 on the start. Brad was solid on the tree all day long though his winning light was just a .051. Jeff Meleo and Garrett Suders were the semi racers. The MANDRA group brought fourteen cars, all are nice and are pretty much period correct nostalgia cars, Jim Shearer won out over the redlighting Wise - Campell Studebaker entry.
Jumping over to Sunday April 28th racing we again attempted to run another SBRA 1/8 mile race. About 12:30 PM light sprinkles then light rain persisted and caused us to cancel the racing for the day. In the morning we were able to run the Junior Dragster portion of program and complete it. Remember last week when Brandi Connor broke by .001 in final against Samantha Miller? Well, Brandi made another final and cut an .026 light against Dalyn Palmer and made work to give her a win and also a first place spot in points after two events. Congrats to both racers!
Next week, Saturday May 4th is a test & tune, noon to 5 PM then on Sunday May 5th we will run a 1/8 mile 2k foot brake race, the Outlaw Pontiacs will compete and test & tune will also run, all this starts at noon. Eric Kitchen's Pro Stick circuit will race on Saturday May 11th along with a Summit points race. For race fans, the Pro Stick cars put on an excellent show, most of the cars run 9's and 10's with several 8 second cars as well, last year this event brought Sixty cars. Good close racing with hard launches and many big wheel stands by stick car drivers. Keep checking this website for upcoming events, come on out spend some time with us at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Let's take a quick look back at the last two weeks of racing at Mason Dixon, this past Sat. April 13th we ran a well attended test and tune and our second index class race. We had twenty seven this time, a big improvement from the first race with the 10.50 class with 13 cars, 11.50 with 11 and the 9.50 group had 4. Tom Fidler put up $50 for the low qualifier of the 10.50 class, he is still working on getting his car up and running for the next index race on June 9th.
Yesterday, Sat. April 20th we ran the first Street Nite race featuring the Quick 16 $1,000 to win with the fastest sixteen door cars on the property competing, quickest to slowest was a 5.21 to 5.91 field, all fast cars with Chris Shives and Ronnie Horwath making the final, Chris won. The racers split the purse. Pure Street, Sportsman, Pro and Bike were contested as well, a good show, good car count too. For as cool and breezy as it was, race fans in good numbers witnessed the good racing action.
Today, April 21st we ran our first Summit ET race series event. Junior Dragsters took the track first with 19 entries making round one. In the finals in a very close race, Samantha "Sammy" Miller won out over Brandi Conner. Brandi had the better lite and took the stripe but broke by one thousandth under her 7.99 dial. Samantha ran right on her 8.91 dial for the win. Eric Swiger took third place. Super Eliminator had Rick Waxter in his super clean S-10 Chevy truck winning over a barely red lighting Marcus Henry in his dragster. Ronnie Horwath took third. By the way Rick's worst lite was a .026, good solid driving job all day long. Pro was won by Ed Talbert leaving with a .001 lite against Andy Dolan who did make close running right on his 11.03 dial. Brad Doss took third spot. In Street, Andy Dolan won out over Greg Orris in an exceptionally close and well run race. The lites were .005 for Andy, Greg was .008. At the stripe Greg ran out by .02, 11.93 on his 11.95 dial while Andy was a one over 11.03 dial at 11.04. And finally the bike class had Dale Hamilton taking out Tom Eaton the final with a two over 9.92 run while Tom broke out by .07 running an 8.28 on his 8.35 dial in.
Now for next weekend, on Sat. April 27th we are running the first SBRA 1/8 mile points race along with the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association "MANDRA" cars. On Sunday we will again run the SBRA 1/8 mile race for points. The Junior Dragsters start at 9:30 am, big cars go at noon. For our race fans, if you like the nostalgia cars, gassers, jr. Stock, nostalgia super stock etc. Be at Mason Dixon Dragway on Saturday.
Please check our website often for changes or additions to our race schedule.
See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!!
April 6 and 7 Recap
Finally warmer weather greeted racers
and race fans this past weekend. On
Saturday we had a good turn out of test
and tune racers. The track was excellent
as cars and bikes hooked hard and with
good air ran big numbers. As an example
Dennis Hammond's Super Pro Mustang laid
down six runs in the 8.80 range, all the
sixty foots were 1.21 but one, and that
one was a 1.20.
Sunday was a regular race day but with
no points. The first Summit ET series
points race is Sunday, April 21st. Not a
huge turnout but good racing was the
norm. Two performances stood out. In
Juniors, Caleb Holley of Carlise Pa. won
over Brandi Conner in the final. Caleb
was with us the day before making
several runs and was sharp both days.
Super Pro winner was Brittany Harrison
driving her upgraded Mustang with solid
lights and the car running the number.
Now on alcohol and a new suspension set
up the car now is running low 9.70s and
a 9.69 @ 137 in the final. It was also
Brittany's 24th birthday, what a way to
celebrate by winning with a newly
upgraded race car! Louie Romanell was
runner up. In Pro, Dean Harmon took the
win over Brad Doss, George Stanley won
Bike over Kermit Garnett and Richie
Burns beat Kenny Moser in the Street
This Saturday, April 13th, is a test and
tune day and the second index class race
with 8.50, 9.50, 10.50 and 11.50 index
classes contested, lets get more cars
out and support index class racing at
Mason Dixon! Gates open 10:30 am and
time runs start at noon. Also, Sat.
April 20th is our first Street Nite
race. Quick sixteen door cars run for a
$1000 to win. See you at the track!